Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tokyo, Japan {Part 1}

Japan was a place I've always wanted to go. There is a nonstop from Houston and that was basically all it took to convince us. We flew United for a round trip total of...$550 for both of us! Whoop! We were upgraded to economy plus and each had our own rows. Too bad this didn't mean we slept any on the flight...

We arrived on mid afternoon the next day (we gained 14 hours). After buying ourselves a SUICA card (re-loadable subway card) and some tickets on the Narita Express, we were off to our hotel!

Truth time: We CRASHED. Literally, we checked into the hotel and passed out. We woke up around 2am ready to go though? This ended up working out as we watched A&M BTHO SMU live before we grabbed breakfast at our hotel's buffet (onion rings, miso soup, croissants?) and set off to explore!

We started the morning at Meiji Jingu Shrine. We walked around and tried some of the traditional offerings/blessings and we even got to see a traditional wedding in progress!

Next, we headed to Takeshita-dori in Harajuku. We got a crepe and observed all of the interesting people

We walked from Harajuku to Shibuya Crossing and grabbed a coffee from the second story Starbucks so that we could overlook the craziness. Per a recommendation from our Lonely Planet guidebook (best investment ever!), we ate some yummy gyoza (dumplings) in Harajuku for a late lunch. On the way back to our hotel, we saw some sort of procession - we guessed for the Autumn Equinox.

After a quick nap, we headed out to the Robot Restaurant. There isn't much that can be said, so I'll just let you look & watch. It was insane, but we loved every minute!

Up Next: Part 2 of our time in Tokyo!

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